Did it really happen? Did you stop and think first?

Take a step back: Did Trump really even say the s-word? by Tom Trinko – “We also know that the leakers were willing to hurt the U.S. in order to gain a partisan political advantage.”

“Two leakers say he used the term “s—holes” to describe Haiti and African countries. However, the only person corroborating that as this is being written is a Democrat. Given that Harry Reid gleefully admitted to lying about Mitt Romney not paying taxes, it’s not irrational to question that Democrat’s veracity.

The leakers knew that whether they were telling the truth or not, it would hurt the U.S. and that didn’t slow them down a bit. That indicates a lack of trustworthiness.

We further know that the leakers were wrong in that already Jake Tapper is saying Trump didn’t attack Haiti in the way the leakers said Trump did.

There are two trustworthy Republican senators who say they didn’t hear Trump say what the leakers claim.

The reality is that Trump probably used coarse language to make a valid point: why are we letting people with no skills and whose allegiance is to their tribe, not their country in when we’re keeping people with skills and whose allegiance is to the rule of law out?

Apparently, only when Trump uses a pejorative to describe countries do the media go into a hissy fit.

The whole attack on Trump is simply a disinformation campaign to distract Americans from the Democrats’ plan to remake America in the image of those third-world hellholes, with the Democrats being the kleptocrats who live large off the labors of others.

Confusing Dossier Chaff with Wheat by Clarice Feldman – “A hallmark of the Democrats – and the Clintons in particular – is that, with the aid of a complaisant press, they hide their wrongdoings with countless obfuscations and distractions so that the truth of consequential matters is buried in chaff and hard to see.”

“Tomorrow, we expect the Department of Justice’s inspector general to release the first part of his report to congressional investigators. The report is expected to cover the alleged bias and malfeasance by the FBI, among other things.

If you know about the dossier and its work only through TV and major press accounts, you know nothing. I’m sorry to say. For example, there has been a “blizzard of lies” about Christopher Steele, who was the Fusion GPS source on Russia.

Any decent investigation of what took place should, at a minimum, involve a number of high officials in multiple counts of illegal leaking of classified information, along with perjury before Congress. At a minimum, the penalties for misusing FISA databases and a more stringent means of addressing privacy concerns should be getting far more attention in Congress than they have as it races to reauthorize FISA.

Hack alert: Letterman interviews Obama by Paul Mirengoff – “Obama: One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we don’t share a common baseline of facts.”

“Obama has it backwards. Having a common baseline of facts supplied by a monolithic media is more deleterious to democracy than the situation Obama describes. Residents of the Soviet Union had a common baseline of facts. Dictatorships are like that.

Did CIA Use Entertainers to Smear Trump? [Updated] by John Hinderaker – “The biggest scandal of our time is the manner in which the Democratic Party, under Barack Obama, weaponized the intelligence agencies and the FBI for political purposes.”

Another changer worth reading about by neo-neocon – “I bid him welcome and invite him to read all my posts on the topic of political change, many of which deal with the social ostracism factor. It’s not an easy thing to experience, and it can be a real shock.”

Immigration: the heart of the matter by neo-neocon notes the Roger Kimball essay cited earlier and concludes that he skirts the primary point about “what should our immigration policy be?” To that point is 1 Timothy 5:8, King James Bible, 1611: “But if any prouide not for his owne, & specially for those of his owne house, hee hath denied the faith, and is worse then an infidel.”

Memorandum cites Dan Balz at the Washington Post with another favorite anti-Trump meme. The problem is that the assertion that Trump does more damage to himself than his opponents ever manage to do fails when the facts are examined with objectivity. The only damage being done is from the ongoing onslaught of Fake News, negative perspectives, hateful rhetoric, misperceptions, and wishful fantasies from places like Wapo, NYT, and CNN.

Of Crudeness and Truth by Andrew Klavan – “Thoughts on President Trump’s latest verbal tempest.”

“Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth. Point out that women and men are different, that black Americans commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime, that most terrorist acts are committed by Muslims, and the Left leaps to its collective feet in openmouthed shock, like Margaret Dumont after a Groucho Marx wisecrack. This is racism! This is sexism! This is some sort of phobia! I’m shocked, shocked to find facts being spoken in polite company!

No one is really shocked, of course. This is simply a form of bullying. The Left has co-opted our good manners and our good will in order to silence our opposition to their bad policies. The idea is to make it seem impolite and immoral to mention the obvious.

For all the bad language, for all the loose talk, I would rather hear a man speak as a man without fear of the Nurse Ratcheds in the press and the academy than have him neutered and gagged by a system of good manners that has been misused as a form of oppression. Better impoliteness than silence. Better crudeness than lies.

Anatomy of a Farce by Andrew C. McCarthy – “Fusion GPS founder’s testimony shows how we got the collusion narrative . . . and why it won’t go away.”

“All trial lawyers must be versed in this dark art — hopefully more to guard against than practice it. It is a particular danger with prosecutors. That is why the law builds in due-process safeguards like reasonable doubt, the presumption of innocence, and the right to counsel. The ability to make nothing look like something sinister is why it is famously observed that a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich in the grand jury, where these safeguards do not apply.

You know where else those safeguards have no application? In the black hole we call “counterintelligence investigations” — such as Trump–Russia. And in investigative journalism.

Glenn Simpson made a number of mistakes, but the main one is a habit of smart people: He ignored the wisdom he urged on others.

It is the anatomy of a farce. The frantic churning of hearsay and innuendo about bad guys who, being bad guys, must have been doing bad things. But at the core, there is no concrete, admissible evidence of an espionage or corruption conspiracy; no solid identified sources, no verifiable wrongdoing. A circle of relentless suspicion with a hole in the middle where the crime is supposed to be.

And the beat goes on …

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